[Nottingham] Any help for a newbie?

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Wed Jul 18 18:34:19 UTC 2018


Sounds like a good adventure of distros.

Very old hardware can often include unwanted 'fun'... All a game of
genuine development or Marketing lock-out?...

Then again, that can all be very educational. (Just as for my kernel
adventures for example...)

See how you are doing for whichever next meetup?

(Let me know which and I can bring along a small demo system to see what
you reckon... ;-) )

Have fun!


On 15/07/18 12:10, NIGEL Black via Nottingham wrote:
> Hi Martin,
> I've not had much time for sleuthing recently but have replaced Galpon
> Minino Artabros with the recent version 2.2.  It seems to be an
> improvement and gives me a simple, workable i486 system although it's
> not completely without hitches.  I guess from feedback that the other
> limitations on potentially installable distros, either 32 bit or 64 bit,
> are due to the graphics device.  It would be great if NLUG had the time
> to discuss this at a future meeting.  (I'm not available for the next
> couple of weeks).
> Best wishes,
> Nigel
>     On 05 July 2018 at 15:15 Martin via Nottingham
>     <nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:
>     Nigel, Vadim,
>     On 01/07/18 18:43, VM via Nottingham wrote:
>         There are too many variables to say for sure. One big unknown is the
>         bios version. I'd leave just 2GB or even 1GB and check if the
>         behaviour
>         changes. If not, then something else is at fault.
>     A clue may be in the success with using "single user mode"...
>     Is the problem that the graphics device is now too old to be supported
>     by most mainline distro kernels?...
>     (Although, why then is the good old minimum of VESA not getting
>     used?...)
>     A curious old one to sleuth!
>     Fun for another meet?
>     Good excuse for an NLUG fix-it day/party? ;-)
>     Aside:
>     There's always the Raspberry Pi for something a little more recent :-)
>     Nigel, keep us posted for what you find!
>     Cheers,
>     Martin

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